Diocletian: Dude That Saved the Empire

I have a rather long commute to work.  Forty-five minutes to work, and forty-five minutes back home.  An hour and a half in sum.  That’s a lot of time to idle away thinking about nothing.

In comes The Great Courses to save the day!

I’m not sure I’d survive the commute without being able to listen to these lectures.  As I’m a bit of a history buff, I’ve been using my commute time to enrich my admittedly pedestrian knowledge of bygone ages.

At any rate, currently I’m listening to “Early Middles Ages” by Professor Philip Daileader.  It covers the vicissitudes of western civilization from about 300 AD to 1000 AD, or as it used to be called, The Dark Ages.

For various reasons, scholars no longer use this pejorative term, and refer to it as the Early Middle Ages, or Late Antiquity.

So, many of my upcoming blog posts will be about interesting things I’ve learned in this course.

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Obey your Parents!

[post_intro]“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”[/post_intro]

Saint Paul
Saint Paul

A lonely Sunday evening in McPherson, KS.

I didn’t feel much like preparing dinner, so I drove to Hunan, the local Chinese food dive, and ordered the Vegetable Delight with steamed rice.  I took it to go and ate it in my car in Hunan’s parking lot.

There was nothing on the radio, so I settled for a Christian radio station … just for the hell of it.  I listened to a Christianized news break.  Each story ended with a, “Won’t you pray for such-and-such?”  For example, “Edward Snowden fled Hong Kong and is believed to be on an airplane headed to Russia.  Won’t you pray for his eventual capture and inglorious return to the United States?”

At any rate, after the news break, a pastor began a sermon about family relationships, particularly the relationship between children and their parents.

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